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  WTA Nov 10-Jan 4: OFFCOURT     • entries:   Brisbane, Auckland, Shenzhen & Perth - Sydney & Hobart - Australian Open           • Top 20   • 2014 Results   • 2015 WTA Sched

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  WTA-ITF Jan 4-11

Brisbane International, AUS PREMIER
$1,000,000 30m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | Brisbane radar
draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA
n2 M Sharapova, n5 A Ivanovic
n9 A Kerber, n10 D Cibulkova
ASB Classic, Auckland, NZL
INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | Auckland Radar | TVNZ
draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA
n8 C Wozniacki, n14 S Errani
n19 V Williams, n25 B Zahlavova S
Shenzhen Open CHN
INTL $500,000 32m/16q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores
draws: WTA Q - main - D - OOP
pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA
n3 S Halep, n4 P Kvitova
n22 S Peng, nSR V Zvonareva

Hopman Cup, Perth, AUS Live Scores
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WTA SCOREBOARD: Brisbane, Auckland, Shenzhen & Perth

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Brisbane, 1st Round, Sun-Mon 10:30am
loser's prize: $6,371 US; points: 1
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS
n5 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n9 Angelique Kerber GER
n10 Dominique Cibulkova SVK
n13 Andrea Petkovic GER
n15 Jelena Jankovic SRB
n17 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n20 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n22 Samantha Stosur AUS
n23 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n26 Sabine Lisicki GER
n28 Elina Svitolina UKR
n30 Madison Keys USA
n31 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n34 Camila Giorgi ITA
n35 Varvara Lepchenko USA
n37 Carolina Garcia FRA
n38 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
n43 Alison Riske USA
n50 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n51 Kaia Kanepi EST
n52 Christina McHale USA
Brisbane, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 10:30am
loser's prize: $11,681 US; points: 55
Brisbane, QFs, Thu 10:30am
loser's prize: $21,780 US; points: 100
Brisbane, SFs, Fri 1130am
loser's prize: $56,298 US; points: 185
Brisbane, Final, Sat 7pm+
loser's prize: $104,890 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $196,670 US; points: 470
Brisbane, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $23,597 US
winner's prize: $44,835 US

Brisbane, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 4, 1030am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,003 1pt; q2 $1,770 13pts; q3 $3,327 18pts; qualifier 25 points

Brisbane, Withdrawals
Auckland, 1st Round, Mon-Tue noon
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n14 Sara Errani ITA
n18 Venus Williams USA
n25 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE
n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
n36 Sloane Stephens USA
n39 Coco Vandeweghe USA
n42 Mona Barthel GER
n44 Kurumi Nara JPN
n45 Kirsten Flipkens BEL
n47 Roberta Vinci ITA
n55 Lauren Davis USA
n56 Jana Cepelova SVK
n59 Monica Puig PUR
n63 Daniela Hantuchova SVK
n64 Elena Vesnina RUS
n66 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP
n67 Kristina Mladenovic FRA
n68 Kiki Bertens BEL
n70 Johanna Larsson SWE
n73 Shelby Rogers USA
n75 Julia Goerges GER
n76 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
n77 Marina Erakovic NZL
Auckland, 2nd Round, Wed noon
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
Auckland, QFs, Thu noon
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Auckland, SFs, Fri 3pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Auckland, Final, Sat 2:30pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Auckland, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Auckland, Qual Finals, Mon Jan 5 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points

Auckland, Withdrawals
Shenzhen, 1st Round, Sun-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $3,199 US; points: 1
n3 Simona Halep ROU
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
n21 Shuai Peng CHN
n33 Zarina Diyas KAZ
n40 Klara Koukalova CZE
n41 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU
n46 Monica Niculescu ROU
n48 Timea Bacsinzsky SUI
n53 Annika Beck GER
n54 Karin Knapp ITA
n57 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n69 Tereza Smitkova CZE
n74 Anna Schmiedlova SVK
n80 Stefanie Voegele SUI
n81 Pauline Parmentier FRA
n82 Donna Vekic CRO
n83 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU
n84 Katerina Siniakova CZE
n85 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER
n87 Lara Arruabarrena ESP
n88 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP
n93 Sorana Cirstea ROU
n96 Polona Hercog SLO
n256 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS
Shenzhen, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed
loser's prize: $4,928 US; points: 30
Shenzhen, QFs, Thu 2pm
loser's prize: $8,934 US; points: 60
Shenzhen, SFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $29,730 US; points: 110
Shenzhen, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $55,323 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $111,163 US; points: 280
Shenzhen, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $9,222 US
winner's prize: $17,724 US

Shenzhen, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 4
losers' prizes: q1 $1,081 1pt; q2 $1,852 12pts; qualifier 18 points

Shenzhen, Withdrawals
2015 Hopman Cup Teams
Group A
"Ties"
W-L
Matches
W-L
USA n1 Serena Williams Jack Sock 0-00-0
Canada n7 Eugenie Bouchard Vasek Pospisil 0-00-0
Italy n12 Flavia Pennetta Fabio Fognini 0-00-0
Czech Republic n16 Lucie Safarova Radek Stepanek 0-00-0
Group B
Poland n6 Agnieszka Radwanska J Janowicz 0-0 0-0
France n19 Alize Cornet J-W Tsonga 0-00-0
Australia n29 Casey Dellacqua Nick Kyrgios 0-00-0
Great Britain n49 Heather Watson Andy Murray 0-0 0-0

Perth, Hopman Cup, Sunday, Jan 4, 10am & 5:30pm
Perth, Hopman Cup, Monday, Jan 5, 10am & 5:30pm
Perth, Hopman Cup, Tuesday, Jan 6, 10am & 5:30pm
Perth, Hopman Cup, Wednesday, Jan 7, 10am & 5:30pm
Perth, Hopman Cup, Thursday, Jan 8, 10am & 5:30pm
Perth, Hopman Cup, Friday, Jan 9, 10am & 5:30pm
Perth, Hopman Cup Final, Saturday, Jan 10, 3:30pm

2015 Fed Cup World Group QFs (Feb 7-8): Czech Republic at Canada, Australia at Germany, France at Italy, Russia at Poland.

2015 Fed Cup World Group II (Feb 7-8): USA at Argentina, Slovakia at Netherlands, Spain at Romania, Switzerland at Sweden.

  WTA Oct 28-Nov 2: Sofia

Sofia:

#15 Flavia Pennetta
5'7¾" 128lb RH 2H-BH
Sofia:

#17 Andrea Petkovic
5' 11" 152lb RH 2H-BH

Tournament of Champions Sofia, BUL PREMIER $750,000 8RR/0q/0d
Live Scores | draws: WTA: S | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! - WTA

    On Sunday at Sofia, Bulgaria, in the final of the 2014 WTA Tournament of Champions, the 2014 champion at Charleston, 26 year old 4th seeded #17 (career high: #9) Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt, Germany, defeated the 2014 champion at Indian Wells, 32 year old 3rd seeded #15 (career high: #10) Flavia Pennetta of Italy (residence: Verbier, Switzerland), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 (Flavia is show during the match; Andrea is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Andrea's prize is $265,000; Flavia's prize is $140,000.

    On court after the match, Andrea said: "I love watching Flavia play, but I hate playing her because she's so difficult to play! I'm happy could gather enough energy in the end and play well enough to win it in the end." WTA story

    Andrea now leads Flavia 3-2 in career matches. Their previous was earlier this year on red clay in the 1st round at Stuttgart, when Flavia defeated Petko 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

    Andrea is now 5-5 in WTA singles finals. She has a 42-23 singles match record this season.

    Flavia is now 10-14 in WTA singles finals. Her 2014 singles match record is 33-20.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Sofia WTA Tournament of Champions tourney page holds 15 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 11 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics

         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon

Wimbledon:

#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wimbledon:

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
draws: W sing, pdf - XD | women's: qualif. - singles - doub | men's: qualif. - singles - doub


click for 2014 Wimbledon tourney page with
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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros:

#4 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
draws: W sing, pdf - XD women's: Q - singles - doub men's: Q - singles - doub | photos


click for 2013 French Open tourney page: 126
choice photos cropped & enhanced, 36 quotes...

      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Jan 13-25: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#21 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#4 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard plexicushion
draws: WS, .pdf - women's: qualif. - singles - doub | men's: qualif. - singles - doub
pics: T.com - ESPN | Y!: news | WTA

      On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2014 Australian Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and 2013 & 2011 AO finalist), 31 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #3) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, won her 2nd Grand Slam title by defeating the 2013 champion at Stanford, 24 year old 20th seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-6(3), 6-0 (photo shown).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Australian Open tourney page holds 144 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 52 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
 
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String Forum has a database of info on over 1400 tennis racket strings.

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"The 700-year-old French game of tennis, traditionally as much a lady's as a man's game, was introduced to the U.S. in 1874 by a woman, Mary E. Outerbridge..."
See more from this Sept. 9, 1946, TIME Magazine cover story on women's tennis and 1946 Wimbledon and Forest Hills champ Pauline Betz now on the Tennis Articles page.

TIME Magazine, May 23, 1955:
    In her first column, the San Diego Union's new Women's Sports Editor Maureen ("Little Mo") Connolly, retired as the world's greatest lady tennis star at a ripe old 21, showed that sports punditry is as easy for her as smashing a tennis ball down an opponents throat.
    Lamented Little Mo in great pontifical style: "[On] the American scene today ... we're reducing sports to a cluster of numbers on a board ... We ... are expecting our champions to be stadium automatons, the human equivalents of the balls in a super pinball machine ... We're watching for the numbers to light up and forgetting the play."

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The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club site still has some good Wimbledon history pages.

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  Free Online Tennis Books:

Lawn Tennis 1908 with a chapter by Blanche Bingley Hillyard
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    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (Jan 27, 2014) WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (May 8, 2013) The year ending WTA Championships tournament, which this year is finishing a three-year stint at Istanbul, Turkey, will move to Singapore for the next five years, from 2014-2018. "The state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, located in the heart of the city, will host the WTA Championships at the 7500-seat, Singapore Indoor Stadium." WTA story

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Mar 31, 2012) The Brazilian tennis federation has announced that Brazil will host a WTA tournament beginning in 2013. The franchise they have been awarded was vacated by the Marbella, Spain, tourney, which followed Miami on the WTA calendar (the same week as Charleston). Brazil has not hosted a WTA event for the past 11 years. AP story

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Jul 15, 2011) WTA #28 Alisa Kleybanova is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) in Italy. Alisa said: "After I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing..." Alisa has won two WTA singles titles, both last year, in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Today is Alisa's 22nd birthday. Letter from Alisa via WTA - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

    (Dec 12, 2010) Retired former WTA #1 Martina Hingis married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday, December 10. The wedding was reported in the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte; they will publish photos of the ceremony on Monday.

    Martina said: "Our wedding came as a surprise for many, but it has been in planning long in advance." Schweizer Illustrierte story (German) - English translation via Google - AFP story
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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